Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ZooLights

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of bundling up our little family and attending ZooLights, a special event held at the Oregon Zoo, where they go all out in decking the zoo halls with lights galore, amongst other festivities.

Even the entrance gives you a taste of the pretty that's to come.
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Zoo lights!
This corridor of lights was probably my favorite spot in the entire zoo.

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We tried our first elephant ear (think giant, flattened churro) and enjoyed it while watching a local school choir performance. I also highly recommend grabbing a cup of hot cocoa (or in our case, two).

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Em was enamored by the choir and later said it was one of her favorite parts of the evening. "I liked the kids singing on the stage and the guy playing the piano!"

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The elephant ear stand is conveniently located near the elephant exhibit, so after the performance we headed over and caught a glimpse of one of the elephants. I doubt this was the pregnant one, but one of the elephants is currently in active labor right now! (By the way, elephant pregnancies are 18-23 months. And I thought 40 weeks for a human pregnancy seemed like forever.)

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We loved the light animals throughout the zoo, especially the animatronic ones like above and below.

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Em gazed longingly at this lit cottage.

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ZooLights offers a few different packages, including one that includes a ride on this train throughout the zoo. You can see plenty of lights throughout the zoo without the train, but there are some that you can only see from the train. And the train ride ranked way up there on Em's favorite parts of the evening. When we told her about the train ride earlier in the day, that's all she could talk about from then on.

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We ended our night with a walk through the zoo's gift shop, where we picked up a tasty piece of fudge and admired this adorable exit/entrance just for kiddos.

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It's like we had a sudden glimpse of Em as an adult!

While we were comped our tickets to this event as part of the ZooLights' media nights, it's worth the price of admission to enjoy the sights of the ZooLights. And be sure to bundle up from head to toe -- hats, gloves, the works. It's gorgeous but chilly!

The event runs nightly until Dec. 31, excluding Dec. 24-25. We went on opening night and it wasn't packed, although I hear that weekends can be kind of crowded so aim for a weeknight if you can. More info here, and a schedule of featured performers here.

3 comments:

  1. I have heard about ZooLights, but never been. Your post definitely made me want to check it out :)

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  2. I seriously wish the LA Zoo did something like this, it's so pretty!

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